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Beyond Feelings
A Guide To Critical Thinking
By: Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

Who Are You?

In this chapter Ruggiero discusses how one would respond to the question if asked, Who Are You? Based on what I read this question would be difficult to answer. You would have to describe yourself. Give details about your sentiments and preferences. You would also describe your personality, attitude, etc. Who we are is greatly influenced by time and place as discussed in this chapter. We all adapt to certain circumstances, understandings, beliefs, and customs . This is said to influence our thought patterns. Ruggiero gives examples of past times and the influence it had on society and the population. Another factor that plays an important role on who we are is our environment.

Where we grow up also influences who we are. An example was given by Sociologist Ian Robertson: “Americans eat oysters but not snails. The French eat snails but not locusts. The Zulus eat locusts but not fish. The Jews eat fish but not pork. The Hindus eat pork but not beef. The Russians eat beef but not snakes. The Chinese eat snakes but not people. The Jale of New Guinea find people delicious.” Living in a different age or culture would make a difference in who you were.

The media also has a huge influence in who we are. Advertising typically bombards the public with slogans and testimonials by celebrities. Proven to appeal to emotions and create artificial needs for products and services. What influence if any does psychology have on us? What I found interesting was that in the past, those who devote their lives to helping others, are now said to be afflicted with a “disease to please.” All of this has an impact on how we become who we are, and how we would answer the question when asked, Who Are You?.

What Is Critical Thinking?

To some being able to process your thoughts will come natural. But to others it may not. This chapter discusses critical thinking in depth. The distinction...
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